IAHCP Leaders in Education

Amy Abbott, PhD, RN

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Amy A. Abbott graduated in 2008 from Creighton University in Nebraska. For the past 19 years, she has served Creighton as an Associate Professor of Nursing. Her hard work has been rewarded with the Nurse Faculty Award in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, and 2010.

Ann Lamet, PhD, ARNP

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Ann R. Lamet is an advanced nurse practitioner based out of Miami, Florida. A geriatric and Alzheimer's Disease specialist, she also serves Barry University as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. Ann has submitted an article entitled Art in Alzheimer's Care and also has an article entitled Good Education, Good Practice, Good Policy; Creating for a Healthy Society.

Anthony Robert Iorio, DPM

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Dr. Iorio is Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education at New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He also serves as Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Community Health and Medicine. Community health and medicine deals with the important aspects of public health, designed to enrich the overall care of the public. With a special interest in diabetic foot care, Dr. Iorio teaches Research Methodology and Epidemiology, Medical Ethics and Art of Doctoring.

Anthony Robert Iorio, DPM

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Dr. Angirasa practices at the Southwest Orthopaedic Group of Austin, Texas. Dr. Angirasa is certified in rear foot reconstruction and ankle surgery, and was voted Top Foot and Ankle Surgeon in San Antonio. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Orthopaedics at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio.

Anthony Robert Iorio, DPM

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Dr. Burkey is Clinical Director of the Outpatient Pain Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. Recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America from 2005-2012, Dr. Burkey specializes in critical care pain management. Dr. Burkey currently practices for the University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Higenia Cardenes, MD, PhD

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Dr. Cardenes is a radiation oncologist for Indiana University Hospital as well as the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She is an author of numerous articles and cancer research trials in various medical journals. Dr. Cardenes is also a Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology for Indiana University School of Medicine's Radiation and Oncology Department. The field of radiation oncology typically uses methods of x-ray to detect cancerous tumors.

Irwin Best, MD

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Dr. Best has a private radiology practice in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an expert in interventional radiology, vascular surgery, peripheral arterial disease and varicose veins. Dr. Best was a former Assistant Professor of Surgery at Morehouse University School of Medicine He currently teaches at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, where he serves as Assistant Professor of Interventional Radiology.

Mahir Elder, MD, FACP

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Dr. Elder serves Heart and Vascular Physicians of Detroit, Michigan. In addition to working at this practice, Dr. Elder serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. At Wayne State, Dr. Elder teaches all aspects of interventional cardiology. His clinical expertise in cardiac catheterization and different types of stenting gives him the perfect interventional cardiology teaching background.

Mary M. Meyer, MD

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Dr. Meyer works at the Westover Heights Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Meyer is a specialist in nephrology and hypertension, or the maintenance of the kidneys and management of high blood pressure. She has written articles about renal transplantation and replacement therapies. Currently, Dr. Meyer is teaching at Oregon Health and Science University. She is an Associate Professor for their Division of Nephrology and Hypertension.

Michael Scarcello, RN, HBScN, MA, CNS

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Michael works at Confederation College at Thunder Bay in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Michael is a clinical nurse specialist specializing in Geriatric Complex Care. He also serves as a Professor at Confederation and was awarded the Appreciation Award for Outstanding Teaching in Continuing Education in 2004. With a strong passion for educating future nurses, Michael teaches in the practical nursing program teaching nursing theory, clinical acute care, and psychiatry.

Pamela Gouner

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Pamela serves the University of Arkansas at Monticello in Monticello, Arkansas. In the field for 31 years, Pamela serves as Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Division of Nursing. A Doctorate student herself at UA Monticello specializing in tobacco cessation research, Pamela led the University nursing program through an approval process with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing while helping the program move into a new facility on campus. When her doctorate is complete, Pamela looks forward to expanding the program even further.

Rabi Sulayman, MD

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Dr. Sulayman serves as the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, Illinois. Appointed in 2009, Dr. Sulayman has participated in teaching and trained hundreds of medical students and residents. Dr. Sulayman specializes in the teaching of pediatric cardiology, and has also written a textbook on the management of a hospitalized child. Prior to this position, Dr. Sulayman formed the Heart Institute for Children which, at present, is the largest pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery program in Chicago.

Ronald Ruff, PhD

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Dr. Ruff is an active faculty member at the University of California at San Francisco in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Ruff is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps patients rehabilitating from brain injuries. While teaching at UCSF, Dr. Ruff developed the an Diego Brain Injury Foundation, offering support to families dealing with brain trauma. He is also the developer of neuropsychological tests, to help assess brain injury and development

Terry O. Harville, MD, PhD

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Dr. Harville is Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. Pathology is the study of disease, usually through the study of tissue. Dr. Harville specializes in immunology and immunodeficiency diseases in children, as well as allergies and asthma. His gene research has been published in many peer-reviewed medical journals. In addition to his teaching work, he is also Medical Director for the Special Immunology Laboratory and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Arkansas Children's Hospital, and Medical Director for the Histocompatibility Laboratory and the Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory at UAMS.